Uyghur Issue

IFC Statement on China’s Brutality against Ethnic Uyghurs

Posted on Feb 2, 2012

In reaction to China’s recent brutality against ethnic Uighurs, Initiatives for China issued the following statement: IFC strongly condemns the brutal tactics used by the Chinese police against a group of ethnic Uighurs in Hotan, Xinjiang Province, resulting in seven dead (including two women) and four seriously injured. The attack occurred on December 28, 2011, while the group was attempting to cross the border in order to flee religious persecution in China. IFC is extremely alarmed that such an atrocity was committed under the disguise of a “war on terror,” using the excuse of “resisting...

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‘Tis The Season For Pragmatism

Posted on Dec 21, 2009

-Yang Jianli The world watches as Cambodia deports 20 Uyghur asylum seekers to China. These individuals face almost certain imprisonment and even execution. This is almost certain because, despite its wealth and power, China is a state without the rule of law. Sentences are predetermined by a judicial system that is directed by the ruling communist party. A few weeks ago, nine Uyghurs were executed by China, without a hint of a fair trial. According to Sam Zarifi, Asia-Pacific director of Amnesty International, “Since September 2001, Amnesty International has documented cases in which Uyghur...

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12/19/2009 – Tis The Season For Pragmatism. By Yang Jianli

Posted on Dec 19, 2009

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10/08/2009 – Opening Remarks, Fifth Interethnic/Interfaith Conference. By Yang Jianli

Posted on Oct 8, 2009

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The Time Has Come For Responsible Action Regarding the Unrest in Xinjiang Region of China

Posted on Jul 8, 2009

By Yang, Jianli and Caylan Ford The endless carousel of repression and recrimination in Xinjiang Region of China must be replaced with more responsible actions that address the underlying tensions between the Uyghurs and the Han Chinese. In this regard, as the de facto and self-proclaimed sole rulers of China, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) bears a great responsibility for resolving this conflict.    Less than one year ago, China dazzled the world with an Olympic spectacle under the theme  of “One world, One Dream.”   “Social Harmony” and “Stability” are frequently touted goals of the...

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We Must Break the Cycle of Violence – Opening Remark at the Second Interethnic Leadership Conference, Sept. 25, 2001

Posted on Sep 25, 2001

We Must Break the Cycle of Violence Yang Jianli Opening Remark at the Second Interethnic Leadership Conference, Sept. 25, 2001 Ladies and gentlemen, my dear friends: Last October, our Foundation successfully organized the first Interethnic Leadership Conference. That assembly was unprecedented; it was the first time in history that leaders from the mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macao and ethnic Mongolians, Muslims, Tibetans and Uyghurs, came together without coercion, to stand up together for justice and love without fear and hesitation. Just by gathering together, we had accomplished a...

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